I have to come right out with it- this is a lame excuse for a Christmas card. The truth is, I didn’t get my act together and send out Christmas cards this year. In fact, I can’t remember if I did it last year. Terrible, I know. But it is truly on my heart because one thing I love, is receiving Christmas cards. I love them! I’ve never sent photos because we don’t have kids to plaster all over a photo collage ;) but I do like to send out some kind of something because I love Christmas! So although I dropped the ball on sending out cards this year, I thought I would give you a photo and letter- just via my blog. It feels a little lame, but then again, I probably don’t even have everyone’s mailing address, so maybe this will work well. So, without further ado, here is our 2013 Christmas card. For you. Love, the Peddicords.
2013 was a great year for us and we have much to be thankful for! This was the first full year that I had the privilege of doing photography full-time. I left full-time camp ministry with Wabanna in August of 2012, and while it will always be close to our hearts and we will always be involved in some way, I know moving on when we did was exactly what the Lord had for us. I have been beyond blessed through doing photography and each of my clients in 2013 have been a reminder of why I love that this is my job! I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding in the same church where Ben and I got married 6 years ago as well as travel to Los Angeles, CA for a wedding! The adventures this year brought have blessed us beyond measure. Ben continues to teach middle school science and I truly admire his compassion and patience for the kids while he desires to challenge and grow their minds. Ben also completed his master’s degree in education this year. I am so incredibly proud of him. Early in the year, Ben and I acquired a 7 year old Labradoodle rescue pup who we call, Dublin. He brings us a healthy dose of frustration and a huge, heaping helping of joy. Rigby, our stubborn red min pin, turned 13 this year and she continues to be world’s best napper. The truth is, we love our dogs more than we care to admit. This summer, we became the incredibly excited, anxious, grateful, and humbled owners of just under 2 acres of land. We have been in the long process of permits and such, but we are planning and praying to build a home this year! The Lord has taught us much about waiting this year. And still, I know very little about His timing. But I know He is good. This year also brought new friendships, the many blessings of old friendships, a family cruise to the Caribbean, I bought way too many shoes, we celebrated with many friends as their babies were brought into the world some through adoption, we tried new foods and visited new cities, we learned new and exciting things and some tough lessons, and we drove each other crazy and yet gave thanks daily for each other in spite of and because of the crazy. And we think 2014 is going to be our best year yet. Because every year gets a little better, doing life together. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours. See you in 2014!